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Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 : New Guidelines to Banks

Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010:

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued new regulating guidelines to banks under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010.

  • It states that the donations received in Indian rupees by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and associations from any foreign source (even if that source is located in India at the time of such donation) should be treated as a foreign contribution.

About the New Guidelines:

  • Widening the Scope of Foreign Contribution: Under the issued regulations, donations given in Indian rupees (INR) by any foreigner/foreign source including foreigners of Indian origin like Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) or Person of India Origin (PIO) cardholders should also be treated as foreign contribution.
  • Meeting the Standards of FATF: The guidelines mandate that good practices should be followed by NGOs in accordance with the standards of the global financial watchdog- Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
  • It asked NGOs to inform the Ministry about “suspicious activities” of any donor or recipient and “take due diligence of its employees at the time of recruitment.”
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